Superman is responsible for several acts of sabotage at the Yokohama Navy Yard in Japan. Lois Lane is held hostage but Superman saves the day. Animation by William Bowsky and William Henning. Music by Sammy Timberg. Produced in 1942.
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September 20, 2013 Subject:
reporters in Tokyo?
I thought the cartoon was fine. Just one question. How would civilian reporters get into war time Japan?
August 22, 2013 Subject:
Why can't everyone just enjoy these cartoons for what they are.Drawn by hand, before computer graphics, They're great examlpes of the art of animation.
July 18, 2012 Subject:
The 11th hour
I'm not sure why there so many people getting so Politically Correct on here but when these cartoons came out, it was no big deal we were at war. The Japanese got there revenge it's called Toyota. People get over it, we need a Superman today.
The cartoon was great, I love watching all them. keep'em coming.. We the used to be United States are in our 11th hour and need all the help we can get..
January 18, 2012 Subject:
Not necessarily Superman's finest hour
I love the Fleischer/Famous Studios Superman cartoons, but the WWII propaganda ones are my least favorite. I can't help but watch them through 21st century eyes and find the racial stereotypes distasteful. It's interesting that all but one of the war propaganda cartoons focuses on the Japanese.
That said, the animation in this and the other 16 Superman cartoons in this series is simply stunning. Today's CGI really can't match it.
December 3, 2010 Subject:
strange how this wartime propaganda still seems to work :-)
May 17, 2009 Subject:
Go get 'em, Super Man!
Now if he would beat the crap out of the pig-butt muslim terrorists...
This older cartoon was well done and fun to watch. However, the content may offend some as Superman is sabotaging the Japanese. The Japanese are also not portrayed favorably. This is hardly surprising for a WWII-era cartoon, and if you can overlook that, I think you will enjoy it.
December 25, 2006 Subject:
When I was younger they used to play these cartoons on Cartoon Network. It was very fascinating to see a war propaganda version of the superman I was so fond of. We should forever preserve these wonderful gems of history, very good.
December 23, 2006 Subject:
Sign Of The Times
Nothing surprising here for a World War II era cartoon. What were superheros supposed to do back then, sit out the war? Many of the cartoon writers and producers were glad to lend their series to helping the war effort. Both the Germans and the Japanese were well versed in using propaganda to help their war effort. With Hollywood we became experts as well.
As with all propaganda on all sides of the war gross stereotypes were the order of the day. The Japanese portrayed most Americans as devils or gangsters. What is sad is people trying to remove this part of history in the name of Political Correctness.
August 13, 2006 Subject:
Completely appropriate for its time
Lots of Monday morning quarterbacking going on in here.
I think this film was completely appropriate for it's time, and to whatever extent it bolstered the morale of Americans at home and overseas, then all the better.
Now if we can just get Superman to start kicking terrorist butt, we'll be in business !
July 14, 2006 Subject:
Superman is a Republican!
Superman:Truth, Justice, and the American way (kickin' Nip Ass!)
June 12, 2006 Subject:
Superman is Evil
This movie was so sad... it's not the Superman we know and love, from any media, including the other cartoons in this series. I felt sorry for Lois, getting caught up in Evil Superman's stupid games.
I know it was made during WWII, but the real Superman wouldn't stoop to this level. The real Superman hates war.
June 9, 2006 Subject:
Bush needs Superman
Wow,I had no idea that Superman fought in WWII. I bet the good ole idiot in the Whitehouse would like to have Superman to help his approval ratings...lol. Funny cartoon,the sad part is that some Americans still view people of foreign countries with the same idiotic stereotyping as seen in this toon.
April 29, 2006 Subject:
Hurray for American Sabotage!
While Lois Lane and Clark Kent are in Japan for some odd reason. Clark uses his free time to change into Superman and waste the Japanese fleet of ships. The Japanese donÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂt like this, so they take Lane hostage unless Superman stops. He doesnÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂt! Oh Noes! Poor Lois Lane!
This is a pretty outrageous For-its-time cartoon here. The Japanese are shown to full propagandastic effect, and Superman apparently is doing nothing but sabotaging ships all day, with not a single US soldier around. Pretty wild.
March 20, 2006 Subject:
pretty durned cool, but . . .
The MPEG2 version has something wrong with the encoding... VideoLan Client reports length as 1 minute 59 seconds. Although VLC will play all 8 minutes of this cartoom, Toast fails during multiplexing, making this piece impossible to burn to DVD for family enjoyment.
Will rate it once I've seen it all !
November 2, 2005 Subject:
Superheroes for Victory!
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ***. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ***.
October 19, 2005 Subject:
Good historical document
I regularly show this cartoon to my history students when we study World War II. Seeing Superman causing destruction (and implied death) is so antithetical to his usual activities helps students to understand more about the nature of propaganda, the scope of the war effort, etc.
June 30, 2005 Subject:
Je ne suis pas un americain chauviniste, typique, mais je crois que M. Miyagi est, malheureusement, un francais typique. Le deuxieme guerre mondial etait juste! Completement!
I am not a chauvinistic or jingoistic (or whatever you wish to call it), American (and in fact not even a Republican) but it was a just war. Some propaganda, /malgre/ what Miyagi says, is justified. And in view of that, this film is not only appropriate (given the state of afffairs in 1942), but from an aesthetic point of view (look at the perspective angles employed!) beautiful; the sort of animation that has been forgotten.